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Commissioners and OfficersE+W+S+N.I.

1 Appointment of CommissionersE+W+S+N.I.

(1)It shall be lawful for Her Majesty the Queen to appoint persons to be Commissioners for the collection and management of inland revenue, and the Commissioners shall hold office during Her Majesty’s pleasure.

(2)The Commissioners shall have all necessary powers for carrying into execution every Act of Parliament relating to inland revenue, and shall in the exercise of their duty be subject to the authority, direction, and control of the Treasury, and shall obey all orders and instructions which have been or may be issued to them in that behalf by the Treasury.

2 Quorum of CommissionersE+W+S+N.I.

The Commissioners may act by any two or more of their number, and by that number shall constitute a board of commissioners, and may do and order and direct and permit to be done throughout the United Kingdom or in any part thereof all acts, matters, and things relating to inland revenue.

Provided that where by any Act of Parliament or otherwise anything has been or is hereafter expressly directed or authorised to be done by one of the Commissioners, it shall be valid if done by one Commissioner.

3 Offices.E+W+S+N.I.

The Commissioners shall have their chief office in London and shall also keep offices in such other places as they deem necessary, and those offices shall be kept open on the prescribed days and during the prescribed hours.

4 Appointment of collectors, officers, and other persons.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Commissioners shall, unless the Treasury otherwise direct, appoint such collectors, officers, and other persons for collecting, receiving, managing, and accounting for inland revenue as are not required by law to be appointed by any other authority.

(2)All such appointments shall continue in force notwithstanding the death of any Commissioner, or his ceasing to hold office, and the persons holding the same shall have full power to execute the duties of their respective offices and to enforce, in the execution thereof, all laws, regulations, penalties, and forfeitures relating to inland revenue in every part of the United Kingdom.

(3)The Commissioners may suspend, reduce, discharge, or restore as they see cause, any such collector, officer, or person.

(4)Where a collector, officer, or person is authorised to receive or collect or have in his custody or possession any money arising from inland revenue, the Commissioners may require him to give security to their satisfaction.

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C1S. 4(1) extended (5.10.1999) by 1999 c. 10, s. 5(4)

S. 4(1) modified (prosp.) by 2002 c. 21, ss. 53(3), 61

S. 4(1) modified (9.7.2002) by 2002 c. 21, s. 2(4); S.I. 2002/1727, art. 2

S. 4(1) modified (8.12.2002) by 2002 c. 22, s. 5(2); S.I. 2002/2866, art. 2(2), Sch. 1 Pt. 2 (with transitional provisions and savings in Sch. 3)

[4AF1 Exercise of functions of Commissioners E+W+S+N.I.

Any function conferred by or under any enactment, including any future enactment, on the Commissioners may be exercised by any officer of the Commissioners acting under their authority:

Provided that this section shall not apply to the making of any statutory instrument.]

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C2S. 4A extended (31.7.1998 with effect in relation to accounting periods ending on or after 1.7.1999) by 1998 c. 36, s. 117, Sch. 18 Pt. XI para. 95(5); S.I. 1998/3173, art. 2

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6 Accountant-General and Receiver-General.E+W+S+N.I.

Every person appointed to the office of Accountant-General . . . F3 shall hold his office during the pleasure of the Treasury.

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9 Salaries and superannuation allowances not assignable or subject to be taken in execution.E+W+S+N.I.

Save as provided by any law in relation to the commutation of a pension or the estate of a bankrupt, the remuneration payable to any person for being or having been a Commissioner, collector, officer, or person employed in relation to inland revenue, shall not before payment thereof to or for the use of that person be capable of assignment or liable to be taken under legal process.

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11 Obstruction of officers. E+W+S+N.I.

If any person by himself or by any person in his employ obstructs, molests, or hinders—

(a)an officer or any person employed in relation to inland revenue in the execution of his duty, or of any of the powers or authorities by law given to the officer or person; or

(b)any person acting in the aid of an officer or any person so employed;

he shall for every such offence incur a fine of one hundred pounds.

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12 Unlawful assumption of character of officer. E+W+S+N.I.

If any person not being an officer takes or assumes the name, designation, or character of an officer for the purpose of thereby obtaining admission into any house or other place, or of doing or procuring to be done any act which he would not be entitled to do or procure to be done of his own authority, or for any other unlawful purpose, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and shall in addition to any other punishment to which he may be liable for the offence, be liable, on summary conviction, to be imprisoned [with or without hard labour], for any term not exceeding three months.

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C5S. 12 amended (E.W.) as to imprisonment with hard labour by Criminal Justice Act 1948 (c. 58), s. 1(2)

AccountsE+W+S+N.I.

13 Commissioners to keep accounts.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Commissioners shall collect and cause to be collected every part of inland revenue, and all money under their care and management, and shall keep distinct accounts thereof at their chief office.

(2)There shall be set forth in such accounts the amounts respectively charged, collected, and received, and remaining in arrear of each part of inland revenue, and of the several payments made or allowed by the Commissioners in respect of each such part and of the expenses of the collection and management of the said revenue, and of all other payments and expenses made or incurred on any other account whatsoever.

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C6S. 13 extended (9.7.2002) by 2002 c. 21, s. 2(5); S.I. 2002/1727, art. 2

S. 13 extended (prosp.) by 2002 c. 21, ss. 53(4), 61

C7S. 13 extended (5.10.1999) by 1999 c. 10, s. 5(5)

S. 13 restricted (1.4.1999) by 1999 c. 2, s. 3(3)(a); S.I. 1999/527, art. 2, Sch. 2

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Legal ProceedingsE+W+S+N.I.

21 Institution of proceedings for fines, &c. E+W+S+N.I.

(1)It shall not be lawful to commence proceedings against any person for the recovery of any fine, penalty, or forfeiture under any Act relating to inland revenue . . . F9 except by order of the Commissioners [F10and in the name of an officer, or in England in the name of the Attorney-General for England,][F11in Scotland in the name of the Lord Advocate, and in Ireland in the name of the Attorney-General for Ireland.]

(2)Provided that nothing in this section shall extend to any summary proceeding for the conviction on immediate arrest of any person under or by virtue of any Act relating to inland revenue . . . F9

(3). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F12

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F10Words repealed so far as they relate to proceedings in the High Court (E.W.) by Crown Proceedings Act 1947 (c. 44), Sch. 2 and so far as they relate to proceedings in the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland (N.I.) by S.I. 1949/1836 (1949 I, p. 1261)

F11Words repealed so far as they relate to proceedings in the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland (N.I.) by S.I. 1949/1836 (1949 I, p. 1261)

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C8S. 21 repealed as to income tax and profits tax by Finance Act 1960 (c. 44), ss. 44, 79(6), Sch. 8 Pt. II and as to capital gains tax and corporation tax by Finance Act 1969 (c. 32), Sch. 21 Pt. X; excluded by Post Office Act 1969 (c. 48), s. 117(2)

C10Ss. 21, 22 excluded S.I. 1986/1711, reg. 21

S. 21 restricted (1.4.1999) by 1999 c. 2, s. 3(3)(b); S.I. 1999/527, art. 2(b), Sch. 2

S. 21 excluded (27.7.1999 with effect as mentioned in s. 114(2) of the amending Act) by 1999 c. 16, s. 114(1)(2), Sch. 17 Pt. III para. 18

S. 21: functions of the Lord Advocate transferred to the Advocate General for Scotland, and all property, rights and liabilities to which the Lord Advocate is entitled or subject in connection with any such function transferred to the Advocate General for Scotland (20.5.1999) by S.I. 1999/679, arts. 1(2), 2, 3, Sch.; S.I. 1998/3178, art. 2(2), Sch. 4

22 Proceedings in the High Court. E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Any fine or penalty incurred under any Act relating to inland revenue may be sued for and recovered . . . F13 in the High Court.

(2)The proceedings for the recovery of any such fine or penalty . . . F13 shall be commenced within two years next after the fine or penalty is incurred or the seizure is made.

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C11S. 22 repealed as to income tax and profits tax by Finance Act 1960 (c. 44), ss. 44, 79(6), Sch. 8 Pt. II and as to capital gains tax and corporation tax by Finance Act 1969 (c. 32), Sch. 21 Pt. X; excluded by Post Office Act 1969 (c. 48), s. 117(2)

C14S. 22 restricted (1.4.1999) by 1999 c. 2, s. 3(3)(b); S.I. 1999/527, art. 2, Sch. 2

S. 22 excluded (27.7.1999 with effect as mentioned in s. 114(2) of the amending Act) by 1999 c. 16, s. 114(1)(2), Sch. 17 Pt. III para. 18

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24 Rules as to evidence in certain cases. E+W+S+N.I.

(1)All regulations, minutes, and notices purporting to be signed by a secretary or assistant secretary of the Commissioners and by their order shall, until the contrary is proved, be deemed to have been so signed and to have been made and issued by the Commissioners, and may be proved by the production of a copy thereof purporting to have been so signed.

(2)In any proceeding the letter or instructions under which a collector or officer or person employed in relation to inland revenue has acted shall be sufficient evidence of any order issued by the Treasury or by the Commissioners, and mentioned or referred to therein.

(3)Evidence of a person being reputed to be or having acted as a Commissioner, or collector, or officer, or person employed in relation to inland revenue, shall, unless the contrary is proved, be sufficient evidence of his appointment or authority to act as such.

[F15(4)Any notice or other document purporting to be issued in exercise of any function conferred on the Commissioners shall until the contrary is proved, be deemed to be so issued.]

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27 Officers may conduct proceedings before justices.E+W+S+N.I.

Any officer or person employed or authorised by the Commissioners or the Solicitor of inland revenue in that behalf may, although he is not a solicitor, advocate, or writer to the signet, prosecute, conduct, or defend any information, complaint, or other proceeding to be heard or determined by any justice of the peace in the United Kingdom or by any sheriff in Scotland where the proceeding relates to inland revenue or to any fine, penalty, or other matter under the care and management of the Commissioners.

[F17Any person who has been admitted as a solicitor, and is employed or authorised by the Commissioners or the Solicitor of Inland Revenue, may appear in, conduct, defend, and address the Court in any legal proceeding in a county court in England or Ireland where the proceeding relates to inland revenue, or to any matter under the care or management of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue.]

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C16S. 27 restricted (prosp.) by 1999 c. 2, ss. 3(3)(c), 28(3)

Actions against OfficersE+W+S+N.I.

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Fines, Penalties, and ForfeituresE+W+S+N.I.

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32 Power to reward informers.E+W+S+N.I.

The Commissioners may at their discretion reward any person who informs them of any offence against any Act relating to inland revenue or assists in the recovery of any fine or penalty, provided that a reward exceeding fifty pounds shall not be paid in any case without the consent of the Treasury.

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C17S. 32 restricted (1.4.1999) by 1999 c. 2, s. 3(3)(d); S.I. 1999/527, art. 2, Sch. 2

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34 Expenses of prosecutions.E+W+S+N.I.

All costs, charges, and expenses payable by the Commissioners in respect of proceedings for the recovery of any fine, penalty, or forfeiture incurred under any Act relating to inland revenue, and all sums of money allowed as rewards, shall be deemed to be charges of collection and management, and shall be paid out of money provided by Parliament for that purpose.

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C18S. 34 restricted (1.4.1999) by 1999 c. 2, s. 3(3)(e); S.I. 1999/527, art. 2, Sch. 2

35 Power to mitigate fines and stay proceedings. E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Commissioners may in their discretion mitigate any fine or penalty incurred under this Act or any other Act relating to inland revenue, or stay or compound any proceedings for recovery thereof . . . F22 and may also after judgment further mitigate or entirely remit any such fine or penalty, . . . F23

(2)The Treasury may mitigate or remit any such fine or penalty either before or after judgment . . . F22

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C21S. 35 excluded by S.I. 1986/1711, reg. 21

C22S. 35 restricted (1.4.1999) by 1999 c. 2, s. 3(3)(f); S.I. 1999/527, art. 2, Sch. 2

S. 35 excluded (27.7.1999 with effect as mentioned in s. 114(2) of the amending Act) by 1999 c. 16, s. 114(1)(2), Sch. 17 Pt. III para. 18

C23S. 35(2) repealed as to income tax and profits tax by Finance Act 1960 (c. 44), ss. 44, 79(6), Sch. 8 Pt. II and as to capital gains tax and profits tax by Finance Act 1969 (c. 32), Sch. 21 Pt. X

36 Recovery of fines imposed by this Act.E+W+S+N.I.

All fines imposed by this Act may be proceeded for and recovered in the same manner and in the case of summary proceedings with the like power of appeal, as any fine or penalty under any Act relating to the excise.

ConstructionE+W+S+N.I.

37 Meaning of certain expressions in past Acts, &c.E+W+S+N.I.

(1). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F24

(2)Where in any Act, or in any bond, security deed, or other instrument or writing, reference is made to the . . . F25“Commissioners of Stamps and Taxes,” “Commissioners of Stamps,” or “Commissioners for the Affairs of Taxes,” or any officer or person appointed by those Commissioners respectively, the Act, bond, security, deed, or other instrument or writing shall be construed as referring to the Commissioners and officers and persons appointed by them, or acting under their orders and directions.

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38 General definitions in Revenue Acts.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)In this Act, . . . F26, expressions referring to England shall be construed as applying also to Wales.

(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F27

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39 Definitions.E+W+S+N.I.

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

  • Inland Revenue” means the revenue of the United Kingdom collected or imposed as stamp duties, taxes . . . F28, and placed under the care and management of the Commissioners, and any part thereof:

  • Commissioner” means Commissioner of Inland Revenue.

  • Accountant General” means Accountant and Comptroller General of Inland Revenue:

  • . . . F29

  • Collector” means Collector of Inland Revenue:

  • Officer” means Officer of Inland Revenue:

  • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F30

  • Prescribed” means prescribed by the Commissioners:

  • High Court” means, as respects Scotland, the Court of Session sitting as the Court of Exchequer:

  • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F30

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F29Definition of “Receiver General” repealed by Public Accounts and Charges Act 1891 (c. 24), Sch.

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C24Definition of “inland revenue” amended (1.4.1999) by 1999 c. 2, s. 3(2); S.I. 1999/527, art. 2, Sch. 2

Repeal: Commencement: Short TitleE+W+S+N.I.

40. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F31E+W+S+N.I.

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41. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F32E+W+S+N.I.

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42 Short title.E+W+S+N.I.

This Act may be cited as the Inland Revenue Regulation Act, 1890.

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